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  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 3: Can we make do with fewer Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 2: Is the decline in Jewish human capital stoppable?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

    August 18, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include...

  • Boys to men: Jewish education helps prepare kids for life

    August 6, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    Raising three boys to be well-rounded, menschy men isn’t easy, and I admit to making one or two mistakes (per hour) in my efforts to guide my sons toward actions that reflect soulfulness, integrity and compassion.

    As my children grow, so do my expectations of their accountability...

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  • Jim Joseph Foundation awards $7.8 million for Jewish education projects

    March 25, 2014 | 9:18 am

    The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded $7.8 million in its latest round of grants for Jewish educational efforts in the United States.

    The largest grants from the San-Francisco-based foundation include $1.4 million to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston over four years...

  • Ethics of Jewish education

    by Ariel Picard

    July 9, 2013 | 10:21 am

    It is well known that at a bar or bat mitzvah, the parents say the blessing, "Blessed is he who has now freed me from responsibility for this child." At first glance, this looks to be a very awkward thing to say to a 12- or 13-year old child, that we want to rid ourselves of our...

  • The Plague of Exclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 19, 2013 | 11:55 pm

    I’ve been getting the sad stories via email, direct messages on Facebook, and over Kiddush at shul—mothers sharing with me that their child with mild special needs has been asked to leave a Jewish school/camp or other setting. What’s so astonishing is that these are mostly kids...

  • Groups tout youth grants

    February 27, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    As the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based foundation that focuses on Jewish education, wraps up three major grants in the Los Angeles area, its beneficiaries are touting their programs’ successes as models for Jewish funding.

    One such grant, the High School...

  • LINK to daylong learning

    January 9, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    On any given night, upward of 75 Jewish men and women cram into a building at 1453 S. Robertson Blvd. to study Torah, discuss religious texts and educate themselves on what it means to live a Jewish life.

    From sunup to sundown, they come and they learn and they pray — just a day...

  • 8 tips for an accessible Chanukah

    December 3, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, a Boston-based agency for Jewish special education, is offering eight suggestions from experts for a Chanukah celebration that is child friendly and fully accessible for children with special learning needs:

    1. As Jewish parents and...

  • Baltimore Diary: An instrumentalist case for Tikkun Olam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 9:39 am

    After a couple of weeks of mostly political coverage, I'm once again surrounded by Jewish professionals and activists at the Baltimore General Assembly of the North American Jewish Federations. On Tuesday, I will be speaking in two panels - one on Israelis abroad and one about...

  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • Reimagining religious school

    November 8, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    From my first interview at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) in 2009, when the search committee declared, “We want revolution, not evolution!” to the visioning work I do with families today, my purpose at the congregation has been clear: to help families build deeper relationships...

  • Day school affordability

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    November 8, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    In religious Jewish communities, the affordability of day schools is one of the most discussed social challenges. Supporting vibrant, successful, viable Jewish day schools is no less than supporting the Jewish future — our children are our future, and the values we demonstrate and...

  • LimmudLA honors founders

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    LimmudLA honored its founders, Linda Fife and Shep Rosenman, in an evening of dinner, music and study on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

    LimmudLA is the local outlet of an international model of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, no-boundaries...

  • Shalhevet looks for financial security in property sale

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Shalhevet high school is close to finalizing a deal to sell more than half of its 2.4 acres to a property developer who plans to build an apartment complex on the lot at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

    The plan will put Shalhevet on firmer financial...

  • ‘Raising young American Jews to feel Israel matters isn’t as “naturally occurring” as it was’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 12, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Professor Bethamie Horowitz of the Steinhardt School at NYU and author of the study ‘Defining Israel Education’, discusses American Jewry’s connection to Israel.

    Is there a real need for the “effort to more deeply and explicitly weave present-day Israel into the enterprise of...

  • Dressing like my Jewish mother

    May 10, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    On Mother’s Day, I’m going to wear my mother’s jewelry. No, this isn’t a mom’s day story about gender identity; it’s about Jewish identity and whether possessions can help pass it on.

    As part of her legacy my mother, Pearl, left to my sister Wendy and me a set of Torah Fund...

  • April 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 27, 2012 | 5:32 am

    While Syria burns

    Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post takes aim at Barack Obama over the lack of American intervention in Syria. ‎

    Yes, we’ve imposed economic sanctions. But as with Iran, the economic squeeze ‎has not altered the regime’s behavior. Monday’s...

  • Is this a job for a nice Jewish boy or girl? You bet it is!

    By Michael Zeldin

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "We are a great institution with a great program of Jewish education. We're looking for a top-notch Jewish educator. It's quite an opportunity for someone, and if we find the right person we'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Do you know of anyone?"

    This time of year, I get...

  • Concierges help families sort through education options

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara Luboff and her husband were thrilled that their young granddaughters would be staying with them for six weeks over the summer. The family -- parents and grandparents -- wanted to give the girls "a good dose of Judaism while they were in L.A.," Luboff said, in large part to...
  • Are school trips worth the cost?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    • Sixth-Grade Trip to Catalina: $400
    • Senior Trip to Poland and Israel: $4,000
    • Educational Value: Priceless
    Milken Community High School 11th-grader Rebecca Suchov considers her elementary and middle school trips to Colorado, Arizona and Washington, D.C., -- and any number of local...
  • Get the best baruch for your buck when you hire a tutor

    By Jay Firestone

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Most students consider their b'nai mitzvah studies as stimulating as a game of mah jongg with Bubbe. For some reason, the idea of studying an extra hour each week in addition to school, sports and other extracurricular activities doesn't quite excite overscheduled Jewish youth....
  • New faces in town as two Orthodox schools debut

    By Daniella Wexler

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two new Orthodox day schools -- a preschool and a high school -- are scheduled to debut this year in Los Angeles, enhancing the Jewish educational landscape with nuanced curricula and sophisticated schooling methodologies.

    Ohr Letzion will begin as a preschool dedicated to...

  • Jewish-oriented charter school in Florida to open amid controversy

    By Larry Luxner

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Margaret Schorr, a marketing and public relations consultant, wanted her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, to learn Hebrew, but she wasn't willing to pay the $8,000 to $13,000 annual tuition that Jewish day schools in south Florida typically charge for kindergarten.

    For attorney David...

  • Dumbing Down Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
  • Mere Humans

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the space below, list all patents you have received in the past four years:

    1.
    2.
    3.
    4.

    Nothing? Not even one lousy invention?

    And you expect to get into college?

    No kidding, my niece, Lesley, came upon this question on the 2007 entrance application to the Massachusetts...
  • Don’t write off the intermarried

    By Edmund Case

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.

    Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...

  • UJ President Robert Wexler has roots in three denominations

    By Julie G Fax

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We've been sitting at Starbucks over iced drinks for 20 minutes, and the subject of the University of Judaism (UJ) has yet to be brought up. We're schmoozing, Robert Wexler and I, and he asks a lot of questions about me -- where my grandparents are from, where I went to college,...
  • The school with no name

    By David Suissa

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You can hang out for years at the Pico-Robertson intersection: Shop for fixtures at McNoon Crystal Lighting, get grande drips at Starbucks, carpets at Moghaddam Rugs, mezzuzahs at Schmulies, a Hollywood head shot at Award Studios, some Zantac at Walgreens after you had a pastrami at...
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